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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 5: Time for DeAndre Washington to shine?

Injuries could lead to a big day for the Raiders’ rookie running back on Sunday agains the Chargers. We explore the fantasy implications.

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray will not play this week against the San Diego Chargers due to a turf toe injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan on Friday. With this news, rookie running back DeAndre Washington should start in Murray’s place on Sunday.

Oakland’s rookie running back has played well in 2016, despite a limited amount of snaps. Through four games this season, Washington is averaging 6.3 yards every time he touches the football.

Fantasy Impact: In what could be his first NFL start, Washington gets a pretty favorable matchup against the Chargers this weekend. San Diego is giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2016 and have already given up a total of eight touchdowns to the position group in just four games.

Even if Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard split the Raiders’ carries in Murray’s absence on Sunday, each should have a legitimate shot to have a productive day on the field. Washington should at least be considered to start in some fantasy owners’ lineups this weekend.